The Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council (BHTAC) has been established to ensure funding allocated to the Bruce Highway, goes to where it is most needed.
Six new regional Queenslanders will act as a voice for their communities, joining industry leaders from RACQ and the Queensland Trucking Association, in decision making for the major route.
Stretching 1700 kilometers from Brisbane to Cairns the Bruce Highway is a key freight and regional road. The Queensland government has set out a long-term upgrade program set to deliver $13 billion in works over 15 years until 2028. The plan includes three focus areas, safety, flood improvement and capacity improvement.
Engineers Australia members Anita Mumford MIEAust CPEng NER, Elise Pearson MIEAust and Robert Dorgelo MIEAust CPEng will bring engineering expertise to the trust and an engineering voice to decision making. As part of the group, they will have a hand in developing the five-year rolling action plans set out by the BHTAC.
Also appointed were, Julie Boyd with a background in local government and strong regional development and road safety knowledge, Tania Dennis an architect and urban designer, and Brian Hughes an experienced former road safety advisor.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said expanding the BHTAC with more regional voices was a priority.
"The work of our new regional representatives, which includes members from South Kolan, Sarina, Mackay, Magnetic Island, Townsville and Innisfail, will make sure that investment continues well into the future and continues to focus on regional Queensland.”
“I welcome the new members representing Queensland regions and communities along the Bruce Highway, north of Gympie.”